Mindfulness Activity #98
Brief Guided Practice for Relaxation
Good morning. This morning I thought I would make a quick teaching point about mindfulness practices. It is easy to make a distinction between guided practices (those in which someone speak to you and guides you with prompts throughout the practice) and those which are silent. While sometimes we might notice that we do not like the speaker’s voice or the type of practice the person is leading, it is generally true that guided practices are somewhat easier to stay connected to. Sometimes I think of them like training wheels for mindfulness. This makes them nice if you are just beginning to practice. Guided practices also work really well when you are tired or looking to relax. So because this week’s theme is relaxation, today, we will do an easy, brief guided practice for relaxation.
You can do this practice with eyes closed or open, sitting or lying. When you are ready, cue up and click this link to begin…
When you are finished, think about your practice for a moment. It does not matter whether you liked the practice or not, or whether you got distracted and brought yourself back or not. Some learning happened. Reward yourself for your effort and for making the time to attend to your mind and your body.
Have a peaceful day!
P.S. If possible, find your favorite essential oil or scented lotion and have it ready for tomorrow’s exercise.